5 Blue Jays who weren't non-tendered but will soon lose their roster spot

Whether it be via trade or DFA, these players could be losing their grip on a 40-man spot soon.

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INF/OF Otto Lopez

In May of this past season, Lopez actually spent a day on the big league roster, although he never made it into any game action. For the rest of the year, he was either injured or underperforming in the high minor leagues.

Lopez, 25, has an intriguing blend of contact, gap power, speed and high baseball IQ that any team would love to have on their roster. However, his production disappeared in 2023. He made it into 84 games for the Buffalo Bisons, hitting .258 with just 17 extra-base hits and an OPS of .656.

On defense, Lopez also has a ton of positional versatility, which only furthers his value. Just this past year, he made appearances at second, third, shortstop, left field and center field.

Currently playing in the Dominican Winter League for the Leones del Escogido, Lopez has been swinging a hot bat and, like Richards, could be boosting his trade value. In 10 games so far, he's 13-for-34 (.382) with a pair of stolen bases and an OPS of .980. If he continues to perform, he'd be an attractive trade chip.